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of venus. >>> at any moment newly minted defense secretary chuck hagel will make his first speech to the staff at the pentagon since taking office early this morning. hagel was sworn in at a private ceremony after an unusually tough confirmation fight, which ended in a 58-41 vote. hagel overcame a republican-led filibuster by members of his own party who never forgave his criticism of the iraq war. let me bring in republican strategist and former santorum senior strategist and nbc col n columnist and contributing editor for the hill. good morning. he has to confront a staggering $46 billion in cuts to military spending which are set to begin tomorrow. he's got his work cut out for him. >> he really does. part of the reason the president selected chuck hagel was knowing going forward the defense department would have to undergo cuts anyhow. obviously the sequester makes that a lot tougher process because it is, you know, these cuts are much less strategic obviously than what we would have preferred. he also comes in after having a tough few weeks, a little bloodied i think and som
only dealt with twice before in history. when the votes for chuck hagel were tallied in the senate, democrats were essentially just one short. republican senators pat cochran, susan collins, johanns and murkowski sided with the president. >> the notion that we would see an unprecedented filibuster, just about unprecedented -- we've never had a secretary of defense filibustered before. they seem to think that the rule now is that you have to have 60 votes for everything. well, that's not the rule. >> senate majority harry reid suggested it's pure politics. >> i guess to be able to run for the senate as a republican in most places of the country, you need to have a resume that says, i help filibuster one of president's nominees. maybe that helps. maybe that keeps the tea party guy from running against you. but this should not be politics. >> senator john mccain's response to politics, you played politics, too. >> in 1989 they filibustered or basically stopped him from coming to the floor of the senate. we didn't have a secretary of defense for three months. it didn't seem to bother h
are watching the senate floor. we are expecting the final debate to start on chuck hagel's nomination for defense secretary any moment. it's been a is seven-week long battle but mainly it's been held up over politics. this first vote that will come this morning is procedural. if that moves forward, a second vote to confirm him would happen this afternoon. >>> check out the headline from "the huffington post," immigration and customs enforcement frees detainees as sequester looms. they were let out as the budget cuts loom. the president is heading to newport news, virginia, to a navy shipyard. today the impact there could be significant. late word this morning that the president will bring a local republican congressman, scott rigell, with him. obama is not seen in newport news as any sort of safe you're but rather as the leader of dysfunctional government that is playing havoc with people's lives and people are bitter. >> this is not time for a road show president. this is a time to look for someone who will leave. >> the president really ought to stop come paining and come back to th
you so much. >> any time. thanks so much for having me on. >>> a vote on chuck hagel's nomination has been delayed. senate armed services committee chairman carl levin had hoped to vote this week but 25 republicans are asking for more information, specifically some financial records. levin says he does hope to schedule a vote as soon as possible. hings. otherworldly things. but there are some things i've never seen before. this ge jet engine can understand 5,000 data samples per second. which is good for business. because planes use less fuel, spend less time on the ground and more time in the air. suddenly, faraway places don't seem so...far away. ♪ >>> to politics now with actress ashley judd is fighting back after karl rove's group launched this ad. >> ashley judd, an obama following radical hollywood liberal who is right at home here in tennessee. >> judd is considering running for the senate against senator mitch mcconnell. a statement from her publicist says ashley thanks senator mccandm mcconnell, karl rove, and their negative allies for all the attention as she considers her
they are expected to finally clear the way for confirmation vote to chuck hagel who will inherit this budget mess. janet napolitano, you see her on the right there, also speaking live at the brookings institution. and then just moments ago, we heard from a fired-up john boehner who blames the stalemate on the president and the senate. >> we have moved a bill in the house twice. we should not have a move a third bill before the senate gets off their ass and begins to do something. >> i'm joined by military analyst jack jacobs. good to see you. >> good morning. >> if lawmakers can't make this march 1st deadline, $43 billion or 8% will be slushed from the pentagon budget. they have used words like devastating, dire. are they right? how significant would this be? >> very serious indeed. these are across the board cuts. i mean, there's no intelligence or intelligent decisions made on what is going to be cut. so in addition to fact -- and there's plenty of fact -- you are going to cut ammunition, fuel, repair parts for aircraft, training time. >> let's look at other things. 800 million sif general furl
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